It was mid August when BBL team Fraport Skyliners and Pro A squad MLP Academics laced them up for their first pre season game in the BCM training facility in Frankfurt. For someone who didn´t know anything about the team and players and was a neutral spectator, it wouldn´t have taken long to figure out who each team´s best player was. On the Frankfurt side it is without a doubt the captain, Skyliner legend, Mr energizer, Mr freak athlete who would have earned his bread in the NBA had it been a defensive league, the guy everyone calls Tez Quantez Robertson. He fills up the stat sheet like a mini Westbrook and despite turning 35 this December still plays like he is 27-28 years old and has the motor of a young buck. He learned his basketball trade at the well known Auburn University and granted there have been some great players that have come out of that institution that made it to the NBA like a Marquis Daniels, but no one more well known than Sir Charles Barkley. Tez would probably fire out the name Barkley when asked who the greatest Auburn player was quicker than he can blurt out his standard line “whats going on”. While on the other side of the court with the MLP Academics it was Adam Eberhard on this day. Hardcore Heidelberg fans could start a debate with Shy Ely talking the honors, but on this day the American couldn´t hit the ocean while Eberhard sparkled with fine all around play. If one would ask the Indiana native who the greatest player in the history of his school Bellarmine was, he wouldn´t hesitate a second to answer the name Braydon Hobbs. Even if Hobbs was a Bellarmine great that won two GLVC titles and the NCAA 2 championship, he didn´t join the best leagues or best teams right away, but had to pay his dues in Spain and Hungry before making the jump to Germany which he has called home since 2014. His climb up the ladder continued as he had to prove himself again in the Pro A with Nurnberg and then played well with non playoff team Giessen and then made another leap playing for playoff team ratiopharm Ulm. He reached the peak in 2017 joining famous German brand team FC Bayern Munich where he won three titles. One could argue who had the better Bellarmine career Eberhard who won three GLVC tournaments, or Hobbs who won two GLVC titles, but also won the very coveted NCAA 2 title. Now Eberhard has the chance to make a name for himself in Germany the way Hobbs has. Braydon Hobbs has been a very important figure in his development at Bellarmine and will surely continue as he makes his way through the professional ranks. “Braydon has been a role model of mine since before I got to bellarmine. I have been compared to him since my freshman year and being able to get to know him and work out with him has only increased the level of help that he can give me. He is someone that I can talk to and ask questions and the path he has taken is a huge motivation for me”, warned Adam Eberhard.
Adam Eberhard was born in Evansville, Indiana and got his first basketball experience at Francis Joseph Reitz Memorial High School. He began to attend Bellarmine in 2015 and as a freshman played 30 games averaging 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%. He averaged 18,5 minutes per game and scored in double figures in six games including 17 points in a 78-50 pounding of Illinois-Springfield and 16 points and 9 boards in his first college game in a 89-79 victory against Northwood. The GLVC run ended in the semi against Lewis. He made a huge jump in his sophomore season playing 28 games averaging 17.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 87.4%. He scored in double figures in 27 games and had 21 points or more nine times including a 30 point explosion in a 103-96 win against Quincy and then hit them again with 27 points in a 93-64 drubbing. He won his first GLVC title gaining MVP honors. After leading the team as a freshman with 63% from the field, he did again in his second season at 59%. His junior season was again a success as he played 32 games averaging 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 52.5%, FT: 81.8%. He scored in double figures in 26 games including a 24 point game against Wisconsin-Parkside and a 22 point effort against Maryville MO. Again he helped the school win their second consecutive GLVC title beating Truman State 75-61 as he took off with 21 points, 15 boards and 6 dimes recording his second MVP title. On top of that he demonstrated his fearless shooting from outside at 52%. In his senior year he played 33 games averaging 17.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.9%. He scored in double figures in 28 games and scored 22 points or more 10 times. He hit Rockhurst for 33 points and Northwood and Findlay OH for 30 points apiece. He helped win his third GLVC tournament over Drury 65-48 while registering 8 points and 5 dimes. He stayed neutral about which GLVC title was the sweetest. “Making it to the final four was the sweetest moment of my college career. I cherished every season at Bellarmine because of the fantastic teammates I had”, warned Adam Eberhard. In his four year career he played 123 NCAA 2 games and scored in double figures in 86 games and had so many great games, but there is one game that he remembers very fondly even if he didn´t produce 30 points. “My most memorable game was against Findlay my sophomore year in the regional championship. I did not have my best game, but we won the regional championship and advanced to the elite 8”, stressed Adam Eberhard. Hard work and great work ethic helped the American have success at Bellarmine, but he was also directed in the right direction for four years and helped by head coach Scott Davenport. “Coach Davenport is a great teacher of the game. I feel that I am ready to take on any challenge that is thrown at me because of him. Over my four years he has taught me how to overcome any challenge and that hard work solves every problem”, warned Adam Eberhard.
After a stellar four year career at Bellarmine, Eberhard was excited and ready for the next challenge in the summer of 2019 as he embarked on seeking the right professional fit. The American who lists Braydon Hobbs and Tarain Sullivan as his toughest covers had the luxury of signing his first professional contract with German Pro A team MLP Academics Heidelberg on the beach. As he was looking for the right club for his first professional season he already had his eye on the country to possibly begin his professional career in. “I know a lot about the German basketball leagues because I’ve been following it for a few years. Vance Hall, Evan McGaughey, and Braydon Hobbs are all close friends of mine that have played in Germany so I have talked with them about it in depth and have been following it for a while now”; stressed Adam Eberhard. Hobbs made the decision making a lot easier giving him the right advice in that it was important to find the right fit and best situation for him. With the MLP Academics, he definitely found exactly the team he was searching for. At the end of the day two vital components with the club´s will to win games and wanting to achieve the maximum was what lured him to the beautiful city on the Neckar river that has the famous castle. “Winning is very important to me. I won a lot in college and I’m not a fan of losing. After watching a few games of MLP from last season I quickly got the feel that this was a winning culture and was something I wanted to be a part of”, warned Adam Eberhard. The last missing piece for Eberhard to make his move to Heidelberg perfect was knowing that he would have the most influential and smartest head coach to help him make his start as a professional with Frenki Ignatovic. “I think Frenki will be great for me in terms of my growth as a player and a person. Anytime I can learn from someone with a lot of basketball knowledge I want to jump on that opportunity”, warned Adam Eberhard.
Now the question will be how well will Adam Eberhard make the adjustment from the NCAA 2 to the very competitive Pro A league. When Hobbs arrived in Germany in 2014, he also began his career in Germany in the Pro A with Nurnberg averaging 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4%. The only difference was that Hobbs was in his third professional season while Eberhard is a rookie. The American is a 203cm forward and has that modern forward mold where versatility could easily be his middle name. He is a basketball Junkie and it´s really hard to find just one NBA player where one could compare his game too. Instead he likes to look at the games of three players. He watches the NBA each night so being able to narrow it down wasn´t complicated. “I try to model my inside game from Nikola Vucevic of the Magic and my passing from Jokic and Lebron”, added Adam Eberhard. The American who lists the usual three suspects of Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Magic Johnson on his NBA Rushmore, but also lists Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird as the fourth and without even mentioning it must have watched film on Larry Bird´s breathtaking passing skills. “My game is a little bit different from a normal power forward. I feel very comfortable on the perimeter and especially shooting the ball from all levels. I feel my best trait is passing the ball and creating for others. I hope to be able to take bigger power forwards off the dribble and create open shots for my teammates. I get more pleasure out of an assist than I do a basket”, warned Adam Eberhard. It will be interesting to see how well he shoots as a rookie as he will be hungry of improving off his poor senior season of 29% after lighting up arena´s as a junior and senior at 43% and 52%. “The shooting percentage as a senior was very disappointing. I’m not one to make excuses for anything. I did have a back injury that I played through for two months that really effected my play and stats. I’m fully recovered from that and expect to get back to shooting an extremely high percentage from three”, expressed Adam Eberhard. He didn´t only work on his three point shooting this summer, but also on another key area. “I worked on my quickness. I feel as though I can create mismatches against a bigger, slower power forward in this league while still being able to guard them on the other end”, commented Adam Eberhard. At Bellarmine he usually filled the stat sheet like a Quantez Robertson does in Frankfurt and was close to triple doubles, but doesn´t feel pressure or isn´t worried about having to do this as a rookie.” I hope to be able to fill the stat sheet at this level. I’m more concerned with winning games than putting up stats. Whatever my team needs me to do to help win, that’s what I plan on doing”, warned Adam Eberhard. It sounds like he stole that quote from a Braydon Hobbs interview, because when you go to Bellarmine you just can´t get around wanting to always win, but you actually do it on a regular basis.